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Crown Point State Historic Site

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Address
21 Grandview Drive
Crown Point, NY 12928
Latitude 44.024853
Longitude -73.424377

Crown Point State Historic Site is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the ruins of two fortifications from the colonial wars between the British and French. Long before the American Revolution these colonial powers both laid claim to the Champlain Valley and this strategically important peninsula known as Crown Point. The French built Fort St. Frederic here between 1734 and 1737 and used it as a base for raids on British settlements in New York and New England. As a result, the British mounted various expeditions to take control of Crown Point, and in 1759 they were finally successful. They immediately began construction of new fortifications that they called "His Majesty's Fort of Crown Point". Enclosing over seven acres this was one of the largest built by the British in North America.

In 1775, at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, the American colonists captured the fort and secured sorely needed cannons and heavy ordnance. Crown Point was occupied by General John Burgoyne's army in 1777 after the American evacuation to Mount Independence and remained under British control until the end of the war. The ruins of Fort St. Frederic, "His Majesty's Fort of Crown Point," and surrounding lands were acquired by the State of New York in 1910.

Today, visitors can explore the preserved ruins of these forts and tour the museum which includes a multimedia orientation program, large scale models, and an exhibit of original artifacts recovered from the site by archaeologists. Additionally, the site offers access to the historic Crown Point Pier, the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse, the walking paths on either side of the newly constructed Lake Champlain Bridge, and fantastic views of Lake Champlain. Tours for school and adult groups, as well as outreach programs, are available by reservation.

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Pet Policy
Dogs on a leash - not exceeding six feet in length. Not permitted in buildings, camping, bathing, and picnic areas except where needed as a seeing eye, guide dog (service dog). Proof of license, tags, and a valid rabies vaccination must be demonstrated.

Hours of Operation

  • Grounds are open from Sunrise to Sunset, Year Round
  • Museum: May 10 - October 26, 9:30am - 5pm
    (Closed Tuesdays)
  • Picnic Pavilion: May 1 - October 16. Reservation applications to be submitted online beginning April 1st on a first come/first serve basis.
  • Crown Point Campground (Operated by DEC): Open May 17 - Oct 13. Reserve through Reserve America. Information: 518-597-3603.

Fees & Rates

  • Admission
  • $4 Adults
    $3 Seniors/Group
    Children 12 and under free
    $35 Non-Profit Buses
    $75 Commercial Buses
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • $50/day
  • Empire Pass
  • Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

    The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

Additional Documents

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

Key BCA Criteria:

- Migratory concentration site

- Diverse species concentration site

- Bird research site

Since 1976, a bird banding station has operated at Crown Point, during which time over 13,000 birds across 97 species have been recorded. The Crown Point Bird Conservation Area is part of the Crown Point State Historic Site. Over 180 species have been observed at the Crown Point BCA. Many of these are spring migrants with 47 species of Neotropical migratory songbirds and 18 species of forest dwelling Neotropical migrants having been observed in spring.

Download a copy of the BCA map.


Sat 19 Oct
You Can't Get There From Here: Stories From the Day the Bridge Closed
Saturday, October 19, 2019 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Crown Point State Historic Site
(518) 597-4666

By the late morning of October 16th, 2009, there were rumblings of the Lake Champlain Bridge to be closed due to structural deterioration creating unsafe conditions. And by mid-afternoon, it was shut to all traffic, leaving those having to travel to either side stranded. Join Crown Point State Historic Site and Chimney Point Historic Site for a multi-disciplinary, day-long seminar as we explore the memories, findings and consequences of that historic moment.

The day will begin in Vermont at Chimney Point State Historic Site, with a presentation from the Vermont State Archeologist on the excavations during bridge construction. His presentation will be followed by a living history exposition on the site grounds by personages from Chimney Point's past, who will expound on these exciting findings. Either walk or drive over the bridge to Crown Point State Historic Site for afternoon programing, that will consist of a moderated panel of local business owners, activists and community members that fought to have the bridge rebuilt and eyewitnesses to the closure that day. The day will end with a presentation and discussion with Ted Zoli, structural engineer of the Lake Champlain Bridge, on the impressive engineering that went into the original structure as well as the unique aspects of constructing the new bridge.

$25 per person. Registration limited to 45.
Agenda and Registration Info

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • Interpretive Signs (Accessible)
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views (Accessible)
  • Self Guided Tours * Interpretive Maps Available
    • Activities
    • Audio-Visual Programs (Accessible)
    • Group Tours (Accessible)
    • Guided Tours * Guided Birding Tours
    • Hiking
    • Picnic Area (Accessible)
    • X-Country Skiing * Ice Fishing also available in winter